WHO: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition
WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE
WHERE: Rainbow PUSH Coalition
930 E. 50th Street, Chicago IL 60615
WHEN: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM
WHY: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, continues to make the appeal for stricter gun laws and for President Barack Obama to revive the ban on assault weapons.
At least two people were killed and 11 others wounded in violence across Chicago overnight. And last weekend ten people were killed and at least 39 others were wounded in shootings across the city.
We appeal to President Barack Obama and the Congress to revive the ban on assault weapons”, said Rev. Jackson. “Under a federal ban from 1994 to 2004 there was a 60% drop in assault weapons deaths. We have the power to stop putting dangerous weapons in the hands of dangerous persons, if we create and implement concrete gun laws. We need to enforce universal background checks on every gun transfer and prohibit all violent criminals from possessing firearms.”
Nearly 30,000 people a year die as a result of gun violence in the United States. One hundred thousand a year are injured, requiring medical treatment and hospitalization that contributes to our crisis in public health. None of us are safe until all of us are safe.
Later this afternoon Rev. Jackson will board a flight heading back to Stanford, FL where 17-year-old Treyvon Martin was shot and killed while walking home from a 7-Eleven by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.